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Shefounditatlast. ItsurelyhadbeenmadeforJimandnooneelse. Therewasnootherlikeitinanyofthestores, andshehadturnedalloftheminsideout. Itwasaplatinumfobchainsimpleandchasteindesign, properlyproclaimingitsvaluebysubstancealoneandnotbymeretriciousornamentation asallgoodthingsshoulddo. ItwasevenworthyofTheWatch. Assoonasshesawitsheknew thatitmustbeJim’s. Itwaslikehim. Quietnessandvaluethedescriptionappliedtoboth. Twenty-onedollarstheytookfromherforit, andshehurriedhomewiththe87cents. Withthatchainonhiswatch Jimmightbeproperlyanxiousaboutthetimeinanycompany. Grandasthewatchwas, hesometimeslookedatitonthesly onaccountoftheoldleatherstrapthatheusedinplaceofachain. 

WhenDellareachedhomeherintoxicationgaveway alittletoprudenceandreason. Shegotouthercurlingironsandlightedthegas andwenttoworkrepairingtheravagesmadebygenerosityaddedtolove. Whichisalwaysatremendoustask,dearfriendsamammothtask. 

Withinfortyminutesherheadwascoveredwithtiny,close-lyingcurls thatmadeherlookwonderfullylikeatruantschoolboy. Shelookedatherreflectioninthemirrorlong, carefully,andcritically. 

“IfJimdoesn’tkillme,”shesaidtoherself, “beforehetakesasecondlookatme, he’llsayIlooklikeaConeyIslandchorusgirl. ButwhatcouldIdooh!whatcouldIdo withadollarandeighty-sevencents?” 

At7o’clockthecoffeewasmade andthefrying-panwasonthebackofthestove hotandreadytocookthechops. 

Jimwasneverlate. Delladoubledthefobchaininherhand andsatonthecornerofthetablenearthedoorthathealwaysentered. 

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